Palay production seen to decline
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said production for July to September this year may slightly decrease to 3.36 million metric tons (MT), 0.80 percent below the July 2017 round forecast of 3.39 million MT.
This, however, is 13.3 percent higher than the previous year’s output of 2.97 million MT.
Harvest area may also decline by 0.10 percent from 852.61 thousand hectares’ level. Likewise, yield per hectare may fall to 3.95 MT from 3.98 MT.
“The probable decrement in palay production may be attributed to: reduction in harvest area and yield caused by flashflood in South and North Cotabato; lower yield in Sultan Kudarat, Lanao Del Sur and Maguindanao; late plantings due to late release of irrigation water in Bulacan; rice blast infestation in Negros Oriental; and occurrence of tungro in Aurora during vegetative stage of the crop,” PSA said in a data.
About 123.93 thousand hectares or 15 percent of the updated standing crop have been harvested during the period.
As to the planting intentions of farmers for the October to December 2017 crop, around 1,300.13 thousand hectares or 70.7 percent of these have been actually planted.
Right now, of the 2,028.0 thousand hectares standing palay crop, 73.0 percent were at vegetative stage; 18.2 percent, at reproductive stage and 8.8 percent, at maturing stage.